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SPRING Laurence, 1812: Russia's Patriotic War


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Much has been written on Napolean's ill-fated invasion of Russia, but from the Grande Armee's point of view, their bold crossing of the River Nieman and capture of Moscow, and their eventual destruction by the Russian winter. In 1812: Russia's Patriotic War, Laurence Spring looks at the conflict from a Russian standpoint, using sources from over forty eyewitness accounts, not only from Russians, but from English, French and Americans who were in Russia at the time, most of which have never been printed in English before. These range from Tsar Alexander himself, to diplomats and spies at the Russian Court, generals, and Russian soldiers and serfs who were caught up in the campaign. This book seeks to dispel many myths that surround the campaign, such as that the Russian Army escaped the initial French onslaught because of Russia's bad roads and weather; in fact, the Russians also suffered from these disadvantages. It also shows that while it is generally accepted that 'General Winter' destroyed the Grande Armee rather than the Russians, this is exactly what the latter wanted - and that far from being a friend to the Russians it killed almost as many of them as the enemy. From the staggering losses at Borodino to the nightmarish end of so many on the road from Moscow, starved, frozen, struck down by fever, these are eyewitness descriptions that will never leave the sympathetic reader.

Laurence Spring is a military historian specialising in the Russian army.

Place and publisher: The History Press

Date of publication: 2009

Number of pages: 288



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“Fouché, of course, was not a nobody. Fouché from Nantes, the penniless bourgeois, the small, cassock-wearing professor of the Collèges de l'Oratoire; Fouché the assembly member, the king-killer, the proconsul of Nevers and Moulins, the gunner of Lyon, the destroyer of Robespierre, Napoléon's nightmare, the minister of all the regimes, the inventor of the modern police force, the builder of the State, the theoretician and the man of action, the adventurer, the conspirator and the upstart. Undoubtedly one of the most powerful men of his age, undoubtedly one of the most interesting. There are few men who invent new rules before the end of the game. Fouché was one of them.”
 
In Fouché. Les silences de la pieuvre, Emmanuel de Waresquiel digs into every corner of the life of a man as secretive as he was contradictory. With the help of an enormous collection of archives – many of which are unedited – Waresquiel paints a brilliant portrait of an incredible character who has long been misunderstood and poorly served by his bad reputation. In doing so, he gives us a timely and topical Fouché as you've never seen him before.
 

(translated by F. Whitlum-Cooper)



Place and publisher: Paris: Tallandier

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 882

Description:  
 
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"...More has probably been written about the Waterloo campaign than almost any other in history. It was the climax of the Napoleonic Wars and forms a watershed in both European and world history. However, the lethal combination of national bias, wilful distortion and simple error has unfortunately led to the constantly regurgitated traditional 'accepted' version being significantly wrong regarding many episodes in the campaign. Oft-repeated claims have morphed into established fact and, with the bicentenary of this famous battle soon to be commemorated, it is high time that these are challenged and finally dismissed.
 
Gareth Glover has spent a decade uncovering hundreds of previously unpublished eyewitness accounts of the battle and campaign, which have highlighted many of these myths and errors. In this ground-breaking history, based on extensive primary research of all the nations involved, he provides a readable and beautifully balanced account of the entire campaign while challenging these distorted claims and myths, and he provides clear evidence to back his version of events. His thoughtful reassessment of this decisive episode in world history will be stimulating reading for those already familiar with the Napoleonic period and it will form a fascinating introduction for readers who are discovering this extraordinary event for the first time..."


Place and publisher: Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 256


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